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    An examination of major family law issues in a cross-border context. Topics considered include adoption, parenting arrangements, relationship status, surrogacy, property and family dispute resolution.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic 16
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    96 LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    Students who do not have the prerequisite may be admitted to the course with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

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    To be confirmed next time the paper is offered.


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework relating to international cross-border jurisdiction in family law matters
    • Demonstrate an understanding of key international conventions relating to family law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework relating to status recognition and enforcement of foreign in orders in domestic jurisdictions and their application to family disputes
    • Demonstrate an understanding of different family traditions around the world


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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